Why church? What’s the point?

Why church? What’s the point?
We come to connect with one another.

Why church? What’s the point?
We come to find healing and hope in a world of hurt, hate, and disregard.

Why church? What’s the point?
We come to confess and repent and become better people.

Why church? What’s the point?
We come to be reminded that Christ calls us to take the Good News into the world.

Why church? What’s the point?
We are church. We are God’s people created and called to take good news to the poor, proclaim release to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind. We are called to liberate the oppressed and proclaim the grace revealed in the year of divine favor.(Luke 4:18-19 CEB)

But why?
We are church. The Lord requires us to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8 CEB) 

Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of two perfect babies. Tim serves as Lead Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

Posted in Call to Worship, Luke, Luke 4:14-19, Mark, Mark 16, Mark 16:12-15, Micah, Micah 6, Micah 6:8, New Testament, Old Testament

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